UPDATE: (Monday, May 18) Currently the grounds at The Kemp will be open Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm and Saturday 10 am - 4 pm.

Both The Kemp and The Forum will be open to guests Monday-Friday 9 am - 5 pm. The Kemp is also open Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm. We are open to 50% occupancy and are set up for appropriate social distancing requirements.

We strongly encourage you to monitor our social media pages for the most up-to-date information on our programming content. Links can be found at the bottom of this page.

Check out our Support page for info on the upcoming Annual Member Meeting at The Forum!

CLICK HERE for info

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Our Current Exhibits

(see our Exhibits page for previous and upcoming exhibit listings)

ABOUT THE ARTS COUNCIL WF

Welcome to The Arts Council: one name for two historic and innovative buildings.

The mission of the Arts Council is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural, and educational quality of the community and surrounding area. We are dedicated to raising arts awareness in the region through our community art programming and venues.

The Arts Council is comprised of two historic buildings: The Kemp and The Forum.  Through extensive capital campaigns and broad community support, we have renovated and restored each of these buildings to return them to their former glory and re-purpose each to create viable arts and cultural centers for generations to come. The buildings are official Texas historical and Wichita Falls landmarks.

The Kemp (1300 Lamar Street) was built in 1917 as a public library.  In 1998 the derelict building was leased to the Arts Council and currently the building and grounds house 5 gallery exhibit spaces, three classrooms and an auditorium.

The Forum (2120 Speedway Avenue) began in 1927 as the home of The Woman’s Forum, a women’s social and philanthropic organization. In 2010 the aging building was deeded to the Arts Council. Currently known as “The Forum”, the building helps support the Arts Council’s Performance Arts programming and provides over 12000 square feet of room rental.

Guests, patrons and students from across Texas and Oklahoma come to The Kemp and The Forum to enjoy live entertainment and performances, local and national visual arts exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes.  Both facilities are available to rent, whether for an elegant outdoor wedding, a stand-out theater performance, or an all-day corporate meeting.  Our wide range of facilities across both campuses offer multiple rental options for every vision and budget.

The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls community for 25 years.  In that time, we’ve grown to encompass the heart of arts education in Wichita Falls. Looking forward, our mission is to expand our current platform for visual and performance arts while increasing educational outreach to the community.

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May 23rd

📣 CALLING ALL CREATIVE KIDDOS 📣
We are now enrolling for in-person art camps and classes for Summer 2020! Check out the full list of options at https://bit.ly/36qW9Eb.

*Our guests and students are top priority and we will take all precautions to keep everyone healthy and safe; including keeping class sizes limited, accommodating for all social distance guidelines, and disinfecting/sanitizing the classrooms and building.
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May 22nd

As our current fiscal year comes to an end this month, we want to take a moment to celebrate and appreciate our 2019-2020 Board Members. Thank you all for your service and dedication to our organization and community! We hope you will all be joining us next Thursday (5/28) for our Annual Members Meeting.

2019-2020 Arts Council Wichita Falls Board of Directors

Bert Huff - Chair
Elaine Geary McKinney - Treasurer
Sandy Hay - Secretary
Tracy Barrells
Brendan Bell
Rick Belz
Merrill Cain
Dr. Martin Comacho
Jessica A. Contreras
Gary Cook
Logan Draper
Madeline Eubanks
Pam Featherston
John Ferguson
Dr. Richard Guess
Dobie Kosub
Vicki Kunkel
Lauren McKechnie
Audra Miller
Linda Poenitzsch
Tyler Sales
Kristin Schuele
Christina Scruggs
Dan Shores
Sarah Swanson
Mary Beth Waggoner
Dr. Sheldon Wang
Duncan Wood

DIRECTORS EMERITUS
Martha Fain
John Hirschi
Gail Key*
Carolyn Sanders
Bob Thompson*
David White
*deceased

artscouncilwf.org/board-members
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Arts Council WF is at The Forum Wichita Falls (Arts Council WF).
Arts Council WF

May 20th

The Galleria at The Forum: An Exhibit of Works by Sandra Dunn

Medicine Park, OK artist, Sandra Dunn is currently featured in our Galleria at The Forum, and the show is now extended until July. These tiny intriguing pieces made of mixed media and encaustic, and are meant for intimate viewing. We invite you to stop in and take a peek!

For more info: artscouncilwf.org
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May 17th

We are wishing our Program Coordinator, Kristine Thueson, a very happy birthday today! 🎉 She is an invaluable part of our organization and does wonders putting together gallery exhibits, coordinating education and classes, and so much more.

📸 by Wichita Falls Living Magazine
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May 15th

Our talented Anime and Youth Drawing students have been working hard all year, especially now via the online classes we are holding. 🖊 Check out some of their work here and if you’re interested in taking classes this summer, visit our Education page at artscouncilwf.org/education! ... See MoreSee Less

April 26th

✔️ Like, ✔️ Follow and ✔️ Share our new page to stay in the know!

Arts Council WF is our new page, dedicated to bringing you all the news, updates, events and information about our organization. All in ONE place!The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls area for the last 25 years, and have grown to encompass the heart of arts education in our community! Find out more about our mission and who we are: artscouncilwf.org

What we provide:
• Two lovingly renovated and restored historical buildings available for public and private use - Kemp Center for the Arts & The Forum Wichita Falls
• Meeting place for 50+ Local Member Organizations
• Art center open 7 days a week, providing a welcoming local destination for both tourists and locals
• 30,000+ visitors brought to Wichita Falls through Arts Council programming
• 20,000+ visitors at Home & Garden, Mystery Art, ArtZeum and Cowboy True events
• 28 unique gallery exhibits featuring local, regional and national visual artists
• 5000+ students inspired to life-long and life-changing learning:
• Distance Learning – reaching 1000+ local and rural students each month with real-time classroom instruction
• Art In Transition –teaching art in the county jails system
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April 15th

SAVE THE DATE! 🗓
The 2021 Arts Alive! Home and Garden Festival is scheduled for Feb. 27 & 28 and we are already looking forward to seeing you all next spring.

For more info on the show and vendors, please visit homeandgardenwf.org.
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Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival updated their profile picture.
Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival

April 15th

Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival ... See MoreSee Less

Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival updated their cover photo.
Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival

April 15th

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April 26th

✔️ Like, ✔️ Follow and ✔️ Share our new page to stay in the know!

Arts Council WF is our new page, dedicated to bringing you all the news, updates, events and information about our organization. All in ONE place!The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls area for the last 25 years, and have grown to encompass the heart of arts education in our community! Find out more about our mission and who we are: artscouncilwf.org

What we provide:
• Two lovingly renovated and restored historical buildings available for public and private use - Kemp Center for the Arts & The Forum Wichita Falls
• Meeting place for 50+ Local Member Organizations
• Art center open 7 days a week, providing a welcoming local destination for both tourists and locals
• 30,000+ visitors brought to Wichita Falls through Arts Council programming
• 20,000+ visitors at Home & Garden, Mystery Art, ArtZeum and Cowboy True events
• 28 unique gallery exhibits featuring local, regional and national visual artists
• 5000+ students inspired to life-long and life-changing learning:
• Distance Learning – reaching 1000+ local and rural students each month with real-time classroom instruction
• Art In Transition –teaching art in the county jails system
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April 15th

We spy our one of our favorite’s on KFDX 3 Weather tonight, with a photograph in the background from the 2018 Cowboy True Photo Trail contest!

This photo was taken by Tracy Smith and a #funfact is that Tracy and Kevin Selle both have work featured in the Red River Photography Clubshow at the Kemp Center for the Arts right now!
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Cowboy True is at The Forum Wichita Falls (Arts Council WF).
Cowboy True

April 10th

We are changing things up a little and bringing the ART out to YOU! If you’re out in the neighborhood, please come by and take a look at our window gallery featuring artwork from the Cowboy True Kid’s Art Contest. ... See MoreSee Less

April 1st

Each year during Cowboy True, we exhibit artists who represent the "Cowboy True" way of life. We've extended this opportunity to our local youth and recently held an art contest, where young artists could reflect on what "Cowboy True" means to them.

We want to send our congratulations to the top three winners in each age category (Ages 4-8, Ages 9-12, Ages 13-16) and give you a preview of their work! This contest is sponsored by the great folks at Capital Farm Credit in Wichita Falls and they are awarding $100, $50 and $25 to each First, Second and Third place.

Stay tuned for more previews and info about Cowboy True and be sure to check out the Kid's Art Contest display during the event, July 31-August 1!
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